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Steroids Rules: Revisionist History, Revising the Present as It Passes and Revising the Future Before It Comes

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larussa.jpgFirst, let’s cut the bullshit talk out. All the, “Roid rage, his head grew, he’s so much bigger than last year,” etc etc. etc. ad nauseum, has to cease. Now.

All anyone is doing by parroting that talk is attempting to bullshit you, me, and anyone else who might be listening or watching. So, when you hear that come from someone’s mouth and they are alleged to be an insider or an expert – turn off to them. Stop listening because they are, at least – and I’m being ultra kind here, uninformed.

Sunday, on ESPN’s Outside the Lines show, Bob Ley narrated and moderated a solid segment on the history of the culture of steroids in Major League Baseball. The enigmatic former Cincinnati Reds and Florida marlins trainer, Larry Starr was interviewed. As he had in previous interviews for newspapers, Starr told of his experiences in trying to bring steroid abuse problems to the attention of MLB executives during the 1989 MLB Winter Meetings. He also talked of a player who gained 30 pounds of muscle in one winter – from 165 pounds to 195 pounds – and feeling at that moment that baseball had a “problem” with steroids.

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Spotes Notes, 12.19.07: Translation of Roger Clemens’ Denial; Bill Pulls a “Parcells”; FSU Suspensions; Kobe, Phil Come to Chi-Town; PETA’s Michael Vick Snow Globe; Anna Chakvetadze and the Global KKK; Sally Jenkins Bought All the Cans of “Act Right”

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clemens.jpgClemens is believable?

I’ve given Clemens and his statement the sniff test and I think Roger smells like, ummmmm, pooty. But not to folks like Jack Curry and Duff Wilson of the New York Times:

Roger Clemens unleashed the equivalent of a verbal fastball Tuesday, forcefully denying the allegations that Brian McNamee, his former personal trainer, made about his using steroids and human growth hormone.

Really. A verbal fastball. That’s what he threw? I’m glad neither of these guys are baseball beat writers because they can’t even tell the difference between a fastball and knuckleball. Clemens’ statement was far from a heater:

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